In The Kiss

FUJIFILM X100T @23mm, ISO 800, 1/500sec, f/11 [click image for larger size]
FUJIFILM X100T @23mm, ISO 800, 1/500sec, f/11
[click image for larger size]

A person heavy scene where only two are the key.

I like how ‘in their own world’ some people can be when they think no one is paying any attention to them. I see it when I wander around the city or when I sit on the bus. People talk and describe and play and become intimate and act like no one else is around or even exists. It’s often a beautiful thing, unless you happen to overhear plans for world domination, catch sight of a saddening moment or when you just want twenty minutes of silence and the yammering won’t cease! But most of it is good. This one is good.

One of the great things about photography is that it teaches you to see, to watch, to pay attention to the world around you and all the little goings on.I had seen the girl standing, scanning for a face she recognised. People have a look about them when seeking someone from a crowd. It is mainly a lot of squinting, head moving and eye twitching. Having noticed her actions, I started searching, hoping to spot someone making a direct approach for her. From the barrage of bodies I saw this guy crossing the street. I slowed my own crossing in anticipation of this greeting, hoping that a hug or kiss, instead of a handshake or wave, would come. Sometimes in street photography you need luck!

Original unedited image
Original unedited image

I knew I really only had one shot at this image so I had to be quick. Most of the time, while I wander, I operate my camera like a point and shoot. I have become accustomed to tweaking my settings, to match the surrounding light, as I walk around, primarily my aperture, then, if necessary, my shutter. I do this so I am ready to catch a photo at a moment’s notice, often firing off a shot or two before the camera meets my eye. This practice has helped my catch a few images that could just as easily have been lost. With this image my settings were in place way as the guy crossed the road and, as he stepped up onto the curb, the camera was at my eye ready to catch the moment.

Editing for this photo was simple. Crop a little tighter, contrast was increased along with the colour, a touch of grain and, for me, the image was complete.

All thoughts and comments are welcome.

Happy Viewing

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